January 06, 2015
Sacrifice behind scholarship
A farm bought for the welfare of Maori First World War Veterans continues to help their descendants.
Te Tumu Paeroa, the new Maori Trustee, is calling for applications for Sir Apirana Ngata Memorial Scholarship.
It’s open to Maori students studying at any tertiary institution, with preference given to descendants of World War I veterans.
It pays between $500 and $3000 to support the academic career of students who have demonstrated a strong interest in Maori language and culture.
The scholarship is funded by the Maori Soldiers Trust from the profits of Hereheretau Station, a sheep and beef farm in Whakaki near Wairoa managed by Te Tumu Paeroa.
The head of Te Tumu Paeroa, Jamie Tuuta, says with 2014 marking the centenary of the start of World War I, it’s important to remember the sacrifices made by those brave young men.
"The Sir Apirana Ngata Memorial Scholarship honours that sacrifice by supporting their Maori sons and daughters to excel in their educational aspirations. Ka maumahara tonu tatou i a ratou," he says.
Applications will be accepted for 2015 scholarships until May 1, 2015.
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